The Dark [John McGahern] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Dark, widely acclaimed, yet infamously banned, is John McGahern’s. John McGahern (in the September, issue of The Honest Ulsterman is, clearly, the indicated the sombre nature of the writer’s vision, the dark conditions of. the fate of the gifted young writer John McGahern, whose novel The Dark was i. For McGahern’s own opinions on the ban and a detailed background of his case, .

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Jun 09, Paul Clayton rated it it was amazing. At heart, this novel is really mcggahern a teenage boy struggling to escape from his father and his rural upbringing. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Jun 10, Kerry rated it liked it Recommends it for: You spend all your time trying to figure out your life.

Open Preview See a Problem? That eark and ugly word. John McGahern, The Dark Panther, John McGahern would seem to be another of those authors whose talent is lionized in his native land, but who never quite had Americans get the hang of his work q. It was like the tradition of the Gaelic poets, who were paid money to write in derision about people.

The Dark (McGahern novel) – Wikipedia

When ,cgahern was teaching theology in the 70s and 80s I made use of novels, including those by McGahern, to help people understand some of the complexities of human life and of character and morality. Every now and then you come across an author who makes you stop and think, here is someone who will keep me company for a long time to come.


Jun 27, Maureen Grigsby rated it it was amazing. Just after the banning he was on a live TV programme in Belfast. Nov 21, Zeusthedog rated it really mcvahern it. All the pedantic priests would try and get them to face the church as the centre of authority, but they always thought the sun was more powerful than the church. This is bleak, more bleak than Alice Munro. It’s very stark and bare. I thought it would be a place dakr I could write and we could live cheaply. In many of his books these apparently simple people continually mcgaher up with statements that question what is real and meaningful in life.

McGahern isn’t as well known outside Ireland as he should be. None of these themes is treated with anything but the greatest care and sophistication, none of them handled simply or in a one sided manner, all of darrk rung through dqrk nuance and extreme detail.

In fact there were thousands of little countries making up Ireland where personal relationships were more important than the law, and even edicts of the church were given only lip service. Everything is done with the goal of ending his dependence on his father, but near the end of the novel, this is complicated by the fact that the boy has very little experience with decision making.

The Dark by John McGahern

Oooh, I keep mcgxhern which McGahern to read next: Feb 03, A. I remember one very good company who would perform Pirandello and Chekhov at the back of the gas showroom.

But it is to his very defined fictional locality that McGahern keeps returning to explore humanity, although he acknowledges “it is a world that is only there in remnants now”.

In a very short but economical space McGahern masterfully handles the themes of religion, sexuality, education, and most importantly, the relationship between a father and son. I think I need to lie down and have a drink. A tremendous book, it made me read around his other work, from which I learned that Amongst Women was, apparently, his best by some way. You can’t help but be moved by his sense of humanity in these thw.


But in a way that seems so backwards and thwarted to me. No mention of any other kids.

Ireland’s rural elegist

Denis Sampson sees a distinct progression in McGahern’s work from around this time. The eight-year-old Declan Kiberd was taught by McGahern.

Notify me of new posts via email. When The Barracks was published in Anthony Burgess said that nobody “has caught so well the peculiar hopelessness of contemporary Ireland”.

I might try to draw some parallels when I do my review.

John and kimbofo and Colette: Only two children from the county will go on fark University, apparently an improvement over days gone by. And the ending is deceptively unsettling: Revealing how devastatingly hopeless life in that society was.

It was only after some reflection that I realized that ‘so what’ – that dithering – is exactly the point.

Beyond that, there is another struggle that McGahern is eager to recount: Until the late 70s he had hardly given an interview, and the huge impact of his banning combined with his comparatively small output meant that for many years he was a generally misunderstood figure in Ireland.